North American NES box art
JP September 28, 1990
NA March 1991
Totally Rad, known in Japan as Magic John (マジック・ジョン Majikku Jon?), is an action-adventure game developed by Aicom and published by Jaleco for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released in Europe in 1990, in Japan on September 28, 1990 and in North America in March 1991.
- Multiple boss fights ranging in complexity
- Special summoning abilities
- Side scrolling platform game
Jake (John in the Japanese version) is hired as an apprentice magician by Zebediah Pong (simply referred to as Pong in the Japanese version). He is training when some strange people attack and kidnap his girlfriend, Allison (Yuu in the Japanese version). Jake goes on a quest to find out where they came from and why they wanted Allison. Afterwards, Jake discovers Allison's kidnapping was a feint to force Allison's father, a renowned scientist, out of hiding. Jake must not only save Allison's father, but ultimately battle an evil king who plans to lead a subterranean army in a battle against the people of Jake's world.
The Japanese and North American versions of the game are mostly the same, except for the characters. In the original 'Magic John', the main characters are two preadolescent, Japanese-style cartoon friends. In 'Totally Rad', they are redesigned into becoming two Californian adolescents who talk in "surfer" lingo from the 1980s. Since most people start having romantic relationships as adolescents in North America rather than as preadolescents, the characters of Jake/John and Allison/Yuu were "aged" approximately five years.
The instruction manual for Totally Rad is filled with surfer lingo, in addition to comical picture breaks and comments about the author's "babe" and how attractive she looks in the picture he put of her in the instruction manual.
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- Official website at Jaleco (Japanese)
- Totally Rad at MobyGames
- The Rad Project - A comparison of the original Japanese version with the Western revision.
- Totally Rad Game Review (With Cut Scenes) - A complete transcript of the game's cut scenes and storyboard side-by-side with a game review.
- Totally Rad instruction manual